Geotechnical Engineer Salary (United States)

Just over a half of Geotechnical Engineers report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $61,277 per year on average. The range in pay spans from $43,624 to $85,305 per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Geotechnical Engineers are largely men, dominating the profession at 81 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Geotechnical Engineers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$44,487 - $84,024
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MEDIAN: $60,224
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Geotechnical Engineer Salary (?
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$16.16 - $36.02
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$44,487 - $84,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
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$43,624 - $85,305  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 666
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$16.16 - $36.02  
   
Overtime
$20.53 - $41.19  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,107  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$43,624 - $85,305  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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Job Description for Geotechnical Engineer

Geotechnical engineers monitor drilling operations, take and analyze soil samples, and classify soil and rocks. They typically work outdoors with colleagues that help them collect data and samples. The engineers then pass their samples and data to a field supervisor, who will approve their work or send them back into the field for further research. The work is both physical and mental, as the engineer is required to go out in the field to collect samples and analyze them as well. They typically work during the day, when sunlight is plentiful. Critical skills in this position include an understanding of geoscience data acquisition procedures.
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Geotechnical Engineer Tasks
  • Evaluate test data and develop design parameters.
  • Perform engineering analyses including foundation capacities, slope stability and settlements, etc.
  • Coordination of drilling and sampling of soil borings and supervision of laboratory testing.

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Popular Skills for Geotechnical Engineer

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Project and Project Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 7 percent and 5 percent respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Windows Operating System General Use, AutoCAD, and AutoDesk. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well-versed in AutoCAD and Microsoft Excel. Those familiar with Microsoft Office tend to be well-versed in Microsoft Excel and AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Geotechnical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $55K climbs to $69K. Salary comes to $83K after 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the field, Geotechnical Engineers continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $106K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 11 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 12 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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$61,000
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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Geotechnical Engineers, 20 percent above the national average. Geotechnical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+13 percent), New York (+8 percent), Houston (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 7 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Atlanta and Philadelphia are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -4 percent and -3 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

National Average
$61,000

Skills That Affect Geotechnical Engineer Salaries

Project
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 218 votes.

Gender

Female
19%
female alumni
 
Male
81%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 6%
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